Queens Museum exterior

Queens Museum

The Queens Museum (previously the Queens Museum of Art) is an art museum in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens, New York. It began as the official New York City Building. This is the place where the 1939 New York World’s Fair was held 1939 – 1940. The museum owns over 10,000 items from this important occasion.

Here, you have the opportunity to see more than 900 of these items at the museum’s World’s Fair Collection. This includes collectible Tiffany plates, cosmetic cases and jewelry. The museum was renovated in 2013. The exhibits are now organized according to the donor, including collections within collections.

The Neustadt Collection

I recommend spending some time at the Neustadt Collection. You will see over 200 different lamps of every design, size and shape. This collection is the most comprehensive ever created. You will learn about Louis C. Tiffany, blown glass, and iridescent sheets. I found the rainbow glass hues fascinating.

The colors are vivid, the patterns hypnotizing, and the textures breathtaking. I felt as though I were walking through a new land of color, reflection and beauty.

The New York City Panorama

The New York City panorama is a delight you will never forget. When introduced at the 1964 Fair, the exhibit included a lighting cycle. Everything operated from dawn until dusk. Over 3,000 colored lights represent the municipal buildings. There were even airplanes landing and in flight.

A complete update in 1992 includes the entire panorama. You can now see the exhibit in an enormous room with vaulted ceilings. This is your chance to personally experience New York City. You can buy real estate and receive a deed. Adopting a building helps with educational programming and maintenance, bringing magic to others.

Panorama of New York City at Queens Museum
The Panorama of the City of New York is one of the permanent exhibitions at Queens Museum. Over 100 people worked three years to create this masterpiece. Photo by: OptimumPx / CC BY-SA

The Options

Enjoy guided tours, self-guided tours, or have a taste of New York in the snack bar. You will be spending time in a vibrant and diverse neighborhood. I find the people I have met in the museum almost as riveting as the exhibits themselves.

Queens Museum Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Free parking
  • Excellent reviews
  • Neustadt Collection
  • Cultural significance
  • Gift shop
  • Great for kids

Cons

  • Crowded
  • Several visits are necessary to see everything
  • Galleries close at 5:00 p.m.
  • Closed for holidays

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More info

Website: queensmuseum.org

Address: New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY 11368

Telephone: +1 718 592 9700

Cover photo by Ajay Suresh from New York, NY, USA / CC BY